Like it or not, the future is rushing at us, so regardless of whether someone thinks that all the talk about tomorrow is just so much fluff, only the fast will survive.
Quality assurance issues and uninspired fastener design may have caused engineers to shy away from specifying fasteners over other joining options in the past, but fasteners have been quietly growing in sophistication and reliability. Perhaps they're worth another look. By Colleen Dejong, Senior Associate Editor
The World Class Vehicle Launch series is investigating the launch performance of five leading vehicle assembly firms operating in North America, and their past, and future launch strategies. The companies reviewed in our analysis include Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, and Honda. This article focuses on the two Japanese-based firms, Toyota and Honda, and is the fifth in the series. It is important to note that there are many measures of a successful launch. This series analyzes a launch event in only the most basic form: the time it takes a facility to return to capacity in terms of production. This series is not meant to be an exhaustive study on launch performance, but instead is meant to further the understanding of the vehicle launch process.
Face it—cars that go fast have a low coefficient of drag: they're sleek. People who are the most fleet tend to be lithe. Organizations and manufacturing operations must also be lean if they want to move ahead of the pack. Here's a look at how one supplier is setting itself up for speed.
The high-end automotive CAD/CAM systems do a whole lot more than their name implies. In addition to design and manufacturing, they have the ability to support analysis, product data management, and more.
Here's a look at how a major brake manufacturer is utilizing cells based on vertical turning machines to produce high-quality parts at high volumes.
Here's how Detroit Diesel Corp. went from a clean sheet of paper to a fully functioning diesel engine in just 7-1/2 months. Their experiences can provide you with some solid lessons.